In its many centuries of existence, the Bible has come under many attacks. When compared to the oldest known bible manuscript, our modern Bible came under yet another assault. This time the attack was aimed at one fundamental pillar of Christian faith- the resurrection of Christ.
The Codex Sinaiticus was handwritten over 1600 years ago on animal skins. Among it’s over 1400 pages are the Old Testament in Greek and a complete copy of the New Testament. It is the oldest book from antiquity. Though the manuscript is heavily corrected, it is still of outstanding importance to Bible history. Universally this Bible is accepted for the unmatched comparative value it offers.
The Codex Vaticanus is another Bible copy of approximately the same age. The two are considered the most important Biblical manuscripts in existence. They bear a vital testimony to the accuracy of the modern Bible. The Codex Sinaiticus obtains its name from the location in Mt Sinai at the St Catherine Monastery. This was where it was found by Dr Constantine Von Tischendorf in 1844.
The mid 4Th century manuscript does not contain verses that mention the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The narration of his ascension to heaven is also missing from this Bible. The book of Mark ends at the passage where Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb of Jesus only to find it empty. In our modern Bible, the resurrection natives are recorded in Mark 16: 9-20.
The Vatican concedes that the book of Mark was written before all the other gospel books. It became the prototype for the books of Mathew and Luke. (‘Catholic Encyclopedia’, Farley Ed., Vol. vi, p. 657), One source asserts that the Vatican accepted the fictitious resurrection narratives found in the gospel of Mark into church doctrine and made them the basis of Christianity. Catholic Encyclopedia’, Farley Ed. Vol. ix, pp. 677, 678, 679)
In the Sinai Bible the book of Mark begins the story of Jesus Christ at the age of 30 years. Other notable omissions in the oldest Bible include:
· In the opening narrative found in the book of Mark, there is no description of Jesus as the son of God.
· The family tree of the Messiah tracing his bloodline to King David is also absent.
· No references to Mary
· No mention of the Messianic prophecies
· The Virgin birth
· A Star of Bethlehem
· Joseph of Arimathea
Critics have concluded that the Catholic Church had these extra verses doctored by its priests to conform to them to church doctrines. According to the Vatican, the resurrection is a pillar of the Christian faith. (‘Catholic Encyclopedia’, Farley Ed., Vol., xii, p. 792. This is echoed by the apostles Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15:17- “If Christ has not been raised up, your faith is useless.”
Is resurrection in the modern Bible the end result of a massive degree of fabricated narratives aimed at intentionally perverting the truth? Is the witness bore by the Codex Sinaiticus sufficient to deem the resurrection and ascension passages a mere product of Vatican conspiracy?
Other Bible versions where the resurrection is similarly missing include:
· The oldest Armenian version of the New Testament
· The Vatican Bible
· A number of Sixth Century manuscripts of the Ethiopic Version have no records of the resurrection narratives.
· The Alexandrian Bible
· An ancient Latin Manuscript of code named “K” by Analysts
· The Bezae Bible
Some 15th and 16th century manuscripts contain the resurrection verses written in asterisks. Ancient Scribes used asterisks to indicate spurious passages in literary documents.
A further comparison of the Sinai Bible revealed a further 14,800 editorial alterations made to the modern Bible. Closer scrutiny of the manuscript also indicates that the order of books varies from that of our modern Bible.
Biblical scholars regard this manuscript as irrefutable proof that willful falsifications exist in all modern day Gospels. When the Sinai Bible is used as a seal of authenticity, it is easy to conclude that the modern Bible is an end result of misinterpretation, suppression and concealment of genuine Christian history.